Posted August 27, 2013

Report: NCAA investigators questioned Johnny Manziel over the weekend

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Johnny Manziel reportedly met with NCAA investigators for six hours over the weekend. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

NCAA investigators met with Johnny Manziel for nearly six hours over the weekend, questioning the Texas A&M quarterback over allegations that he received payments for autographs on several occasions, a source told ESPN’s Travis Haney. According to the report, it remains unclear if the NCAA was satisfied with the meeting, or if the governing body plans to set up another time to meet with the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.

Reports allege that Manziel exchanged autographs for money on a handful of occasions, including in Miami during January’s BCS championship game. An autograph dealer told ESPN that Manziel accepted payments in exchange for more than 4,000 signed items at an event in Connecticut in January.

There has been speculation that Texas A&M may consider benching Manziel until the case is resolved, but the Aggies have given no indication as to Manziel’s status heading into their season opener  against Rice on Saturday. Players and coaches have been instructed to not answer questions regarding Manziel’s status or the NCAA investigation, according to a statement from A&M athletic director Eric Hyman:

“The focus of our coaches and student-athletes is solely on preparing for Rice this Saturday,” Hyman said in the statement, “and in the best interests of Texas A&M and the 100-plus student-athletes on the team, I have instructed Coach Sumlin, his staff and our student-athletes to refrain from commenting on or answering questions regarding the status of our starting quarterback, Johnny Manziel.”

Still, the university has largely supported Manziel publicly, most notably chancellor John Sharp, who last week told College Station’s KBTX that he knows Manziel is innocent. When asked how he knew that to be true, Sharp said, “I just know. I’ve seen things that other folks can’t see. And it didn’t happen. It did not happen.”

17 comments
Aggie81
Aggie81

After the NCAA on Sunday asked Johnny Manziel about making money for signing memorabilia and selling his signature , Johnny politely asked the NCAA if they made money by selling the Texas A&M #2 jersey after performing a search for Johnny ("Football"  "Heisman") Manziel on the NCAA online store.


HarshRealities
HarshRealities

Lesson to all NCAA football players. You don't get in trouble when you sign merchandise for brokers,  You get in trouble when you stop signing merchandise for a broker and that broker lets it be known that you signed merchandise for money. Once those slimeballs get you to do something once they got you till you graduate. You either have to keep signing or face the consequences. Just don't do it once and you never have any trouble.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Too bad this is all for naught. NCAA won't to jack to their golden boy.  They just want to make it look like they did something.  If they really think he is innocent they are a joke.

BudPhyte
BudPhyte

Now we know what happened to the little boy in The Sixth Sense. Chancellor wow! Congratulations.

Blinker
Blinker

Chancellor John Sharp:  "He has done nothing wrong"   

What a loser

K-Jun
K-Jun

If I could see things that other people cannot see, I would be at the racetrack betting big dollars on winners all day long. The allegations probably are true. 

NCAA needs to change rules. If they are selling player merchandise and making big money off of it then players should receive a percentage of the sales. Have a signing day and make dollars for the school and for the athlete. But a rule for signing outside that realm should still be in place and athlete considered a pro if he does what Manzeil did. 

Blinker
Blinker

I hope they play him for ONE SINGLE DOWN and then have the head coach run onto the field SCREAMING " DON"T SNAP THE BALL"

Done and done

Blinker
Blinker

YEEEEEE  HAW!!!!!! 

anewkindoffeelin
anewkindoffeelin

@Aggie81 That has nothing to do with the violations that Johnny Autograph seems to have committed.  It's a nice attempt to divert attention, though.

anewkindoffeelin
anewkindoffeelin

@K-Jun Does Manziel share that money with lesser-known players?  What about walk-ons?  Sorry, but Manziel IS seeing benefits, however, they will come to fruition in the future.  He is given great exposure and the university has given him an avenue to build a name for himself.  Now, he has cashed that reputation in for new rims and courtside seats, but that's on him.

Aggieproud
Aggieproud

@anewkindoffeelin @K-Jun Just because you capitalize "IS" doesn't make it fact.  You continue to perpetuate ignorance by such statements because you are ignoring the facts of the matter.  1.  Did you know there is a signed affadavit from one of the "sources" that says Johnny did not get paid but that the source was offered money to say Johnny was paid.  2.  Did you know that his car has the same rims on it that it had this time last year?  There are numerous other facts that support Johnny's innocence, but the most important question is do you want the truth or do you only want media stories that support your attacks?  If you want the truth, look into the facts about Joe Schad and how he handle sources and stories (i.e. Mike Leach) in the past.  Look into the facts about the "reputable" groups that have "verified" the online autographs - specifically how there opinion on autographs authenticity changes depending on who will profit from the items sale.

muser
muser

@anewkindoffeelin Does any pro athlete share his/endorsement money with the "lesser-Known" players?